Thursday, April 19, 2012

Faculty Spotlight

Higher Learning Commission
Dr. Gary Kappel, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, Perry E. and Aleece C. Gresham Chair in Humanities, and Bethany’s Accreditation Liaison Officer, attended the annual meeting of the Higher Learning Commission, Bethany’s regional accrediting agency, in Chicago March 31-April 3. He participated in numerous sessions on the commission’s new process for accreditation, called Pathways, and the new criteria for accreditation which go into effect on January 1, 2013. Bethany will join the Pathways process mid-stream, as it were, as Bethany’s next scheduled re-affirmation occurs in 2018-19.

Dr. Kappel also attended the keynote session featuring Dr. Robert Sternberg, a noted Psychologist and expert in the area of assessment of student learning, as well as a number of other sessions concerning assessment and developing dashboards for benchmarking key performance indicators of the college.

While at the meeting, Kappel visited with former student and Bethany alumnus, Dr. Jason Hartz, ’00, a History major who now teaches and does institutional research work at Adrian College in Michigan. Jason’s wife, Dr. Carissa Massey, ’00, is a tenured professor in Art History at Adrian. They just welcomed the birth of their first child, Ruby, a few months ago.